LOGAN, Utah - A huge second half propelled the Utah State Aggies to a crushing 54-17 win over Weber State Saturday night in Logan. The Aggies outscored Weber State 37-0 in the second half and dominated the Wildcats across the board.
The Aggies posted 635 yards of total offense in the game, compared to just 213 for Weber State. The 635 yards is the fifth most yards allowed by Weber State in school history. It is the most yards allowed by the Wildcats in a game since 1999.
Utah State got most of its yardage on the ground as the Aggies rushed for 440 yards of total offense. That is the fourth most rushing yards ever allowed in a game by the 'Cats. Robert Turbin led Utah State with 180 yards rushing and two touchdowns. Utah State averaged 9.4 yards per carry while Weber State rushed the ball for just 46 yards.
The Wildcats held a 7-3 lead after the first quarter and led 17-10 with 4:42 to play in the second quarter, but would not score again and were outscored 44-0 from that point.
With the game tied at 17 at halftime Utah State came out on fire in the third quarter. The Aggies scored 23 points in the third quarter and had 220 yards of total offense in that quarter alone.
"Utah State is a good football team and they have a lot of weapons," said WSU head coach Ron McBride. "They were a much better team tonight and I'm disappointed that we didn't step up to the challenge in the second half. They came on and we went backwards."
Junior Mike Hoke was 20-33 passing for 138 yards and one touchdown, however he was sacked four times by Utah State. Freshman Eric "Munchie" Shufford had four catches for 42 yards and Xavian Johnson had four catches for 34 yards.
On the ground the 'Cats struggled to get any yardage. WSU had just 16 yards rushing in the second half, compared to 230 by Utah State. Freshman Barrinton Collins, playing in his first career game, had 11 carries for 38 yards.
Sophomore Josh Kealamakia totaled 532 yards of punting. He had 11 punts for an average of 48.4 yards, including a career-long punt of 80 yards, which ranks as the fourth best in school history. He also had a 71-yard punt, tied for the tenth best in WSU history.
With the loss the Wildcats fall to 0-2 on the season. Weber State will play their home and Big Sky Conference opener next Saturday when they host Sacramento State at 6:00 p.m. at Stewart Stadium.